The Last 6 months at Cloud Academy. What’s Next?

(Update) We’ve recently released some new product features to further enhance your training experience on the Cloud Academy platform.

Hands-on Labs, live cloud environments for your team to build and validate practical experience directly on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Docker, Kubernetes, data pipelines, and much more.

Training Plans will help you assign, manage, and measure structured cloud training at scale.

Skill Assessments will help you trend your team’s aptitude by platform, domain, and topic and identify possible skill gaps.

Visit the Cloud Academy Training Library for the latest training material content across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, DevOps, and other cloud ecosystem services. New content and updates are added every month.


After many articles related to cloud computing technologies, new products, and some best practices, it is now the right moment to update you on our goals and the next steps for Cloud Academy. Not many of you know that we had fantastic growth in the last 6 months of 2014. We grew around 20% MoM with new members, visits and site usage. In the last month, we brought online a great redesign of our website. We still have a lot of things to complete, but overall, it’s a great improvement.

Our goal is still the same: we strive to be the first site Cloud experts go to for knowledge and guidance related to Cloud computing.  Of course, not everything is going right. We’re working really hard to update our learning materials day by day. Andrea, our Head of Content, is the guy that reads every feedback we get at Cloud Academy and improves our materials on a daily basis.

How I talked to 500+ members of Cloud Academy and what I learned

In the last six months, I spoke with almost 500 members of Cloud Academy. Intercom.io (a fantastic tool) has been a daily hit for me to talk with you about Cloud Academy, the problems you were facing, giving suggestions on how to start learning Cloud Computing, explaining how Cloud Academy works, and sometimes, trying to understand what was not working for you.

Talking with you I discovered a lot of things I never thought of. I loved it.

A couple of weeks ago I was finishing a book called “Delivering Happiness” (by Zappos.com’s founder) during my flight from Milan to San Francisco. In that book, there are a lot of things that I’m trying to apply to Cloud Academy and I’m sure will be appreciated by you.

Sometimes I start the conversation with some of you to understand if you are enjoying Cloud Academy, but most of the time you write to get some information or clarify doubts.

My Intercom’s page to manage my conversations with you:
Stefano Bellasio's Intercom page

Talking to you we improved Cloud Academy in a way we couldn’t do before. As a new company, you will get a lot of people giving you suggestions, cloud computing experts and gurus that will tell you the “right thing” you should do right now, but at the end of the day the most valuable suggestions are always coming from your members, your customers.

I really have to say Thank you. You are helping us create a better company and a better product. Learning and education are everything but easy.

Based on the conversations we had in the last 6 months, we are now working on new products and changes that you will find very soon at Cloud Academy.

What did I learn from talking with more than 500 of you?

  1. We need to work more on our courses and divide them into “levels”.
  2. CloudCareer is sometimes perceived as a one-time solution, we are making it recurring. We are going to integrate CloudCareer in our subscriptions.
  3. AWS is not enough, we definitely have a lot of people trying to learn other cloud technologies. More platforms.
  4. More data and statistics about your journey to Cloud Academy are needed to guide your learning.
  5. Advanced learning materials need to be more available.
  6. You want to know and get details about our Authors and Instructors.

All of them are priorities. We are addressing some of them and we are scheduling all the others over the next 2 months.

I try to answer every email. In fact, you can always contact me at stefano@cloudacademy.com or with Skype at stefano.bellasio. Sometimes you will not get an answer immediately, just send me a “ping”. I’ll do my best.

I couldn’t do all of this without a great team working with me that I can rely on. We are a small and growing team, but with really talented people, way smarter than me.

Subscriptions and new courses

As you probably noticed, we are now talking about our Subscriptions. On April 2014 we launched CloudCareer for AWS, our first premium product. To be honest, the team and I were quite impressed by the results: a big number of our members today are using CloudCareer to study and prepare for the AWS Certifications.

We have a lot of things that we can improve, but we clearly understand that you want learning materials and structured courses to learn cloud computing and stay up-to-date with your skills. Our subscriptions are going in this direction. We’ll update our content library with new courses, quizzes, and labs every month and you will access all of them for a very fair price.

We’ll have a dedicated plan with more features for companies that want to train their teams about cloud computing. In this case, you will get a special “control panel” to improve your learning experience among your team members.

Building your community

In the last weeks, we started releasing some new tools to improve our community. More are coming in the next weeks. Comments are now available for all of our learning explanations (you get them after every quiz). You can contribute to them or ask for more information right below the single topic. Cloud Academy will save that explanation automatically for you.

Want to read some of the explanations you found in our quizzes again? A new function allows you to save them in a second, and have them in a specific area of your dashboard. You can find all the details on Andrea’s article here.

I’d love to get your comments about what we are doing. You can write in our comments or just drop me an email at stefano@cloudacademy.com.

Stefano Bellasio

Written by

Stefano Bellasio

Stefano's a computer engineering guy that loves building products. He's the CEO and co-founder of CloudAcademy.com. All his experience is in the web hosting and cloud computing industry where he started other companies before. He loves talking with all readers of Cloud Academy blog, so feel free to email him at stefano@cloudacademy.com!

Related Posts

Avatar
Michael Sheehy
— August 19, 2019

What Exactly Is a Cloud Architect and How Do You Become One?

One of the buzzwords surrounding the cloud that I'm sure you've heard is "Cloud Architect." In this article, I will outline my understanding of what a cloud architect does and I'll analyze the skills and certifications necessary to become one. I will also list some of the types of jobs ...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Cloud Computing
Avatar
Andrew Larkin
— August 7, 2019

Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

If you want to deliver digital services of any kind, you’ll need to estimate all types of resources, not the least of which are CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Which resources you choose for your delivery —  cloud-based or local — is up to you. But you’ll definitely want...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Cloud Computing
  • Google Cloud Platform
Avatar
Adam Hawkins
— June 12, 2019

What is Kubernetes? An Introductory Overview

In part 1 of my webinar series on Kubernetes, I introduced Kubernetes at a high level with hands-on demos aiming to answer the question, "What is Kubernetes?" After polling our audience, we found that most of the webinar attendees had never used Kubernetes before, or had only been expos...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Kubernetes
Avatar
Scott Huntington
— March 25, 2019

How Does Cloud Computing Work?

Whether you're looking to become a cloud engineer or you're a manager wanting to gain more knowledge, learn the basics of how cloud computing works. Are you wondering about how cloud computing actually works? We can help explain the basic principles behind this technology. Cloud comput...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
Avatar
Guy Hummel
— March 4, 2019

What is Ansible?

What is Ansible? Ansible is an open-source IT automation engine, which can remove drudgery from your work life, and will also dramatically improve the scalability, consistency, and reliability of your IT environment. We'll start to explore how to automate repetitive system administratio...

Read more
  • Ansible
  • Cloud Computing
Avatar
Cloud Academy Team
— February 11, 2019

What is Puppet? Get Started With Our Course

When it comes to building and configuring IT infrastructure, especially across dozens or even thousands of servers, developers need tools that automate and streamline this process. Enter Puppet, one of the leading DevOps tools for automating delivery and operation of software no matter ...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Puppet
Avatar
Andrew Larkin
— January 15, 2019

2018 Was a Big Year for Content at Cloud Academy

As Head of Content at Cloud Academy I work closely with our customers and my domain leads to prioritize quarterly content plans that will achieve the best outcomes for our customers. We started 2018 with two content objectives: To show customer teams how to use Cloud Services to solv...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Cloud Computing
  • Google Cloud Platform
Avatar
Cloud Academy Team
— December 21, 2018

2019 Cloud Computing Predictions

2018 was a banner year in cloud computing, with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) all continuing to launch new and innovative services. We also saw growth among enterprises in the adoption of methodologies supporting the move toward cloud-native...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Predictions
Albert Qian
Albert Qian
— August 28, 2018

Introducing Assessment Cycles

Today, cloud technology platforms and best practices around them move faster than ever, resulting in a paradigm shift for how organizations onboard and train their employees. While assessing employee skills on an annual basis might have sufficed a decade ago, the reality is that organiz...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Product Feature
  • Skill Profiles
Stefano Bellasio
Stefano Bellasio
— July 31, 2018

Cloud Skills: Transforming Your Teams with Technology and Data

How building Cloud Academy helped us understand the challenges of transforming large teams, and how data and planning can help with your cloud transformation. When we started Cloud Academy a few years ago, our founding team knew that cloud was going to be a revolution for the IT indu...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Skill Profiles
Albert Qian
Albert Qian
— May 23, 2018

Announcing Skill Profiles Beta

Now that you’ve decided to invest in the cloud, one of your chief concerns might be maximizing your investment. With little time to align resources with your vision, how do you objectively know the capabilities of your teams? By partnering with hundreds of enterprise organizations, we’...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing
  • Product Feature
  • Skill Profiles
Avatar
Cloud Academy Team
— April 5, 2018

A New Paradigm for Cloud Training is Needed (and Other Insights We Can Democratize)

It’s no secret that cloud, its supporting technologies, and the capabilities it unlocks is disrupting IT. Whether you’re cloud-first, multi-cloud, or migrating workload by workload, every step up the ever-changing cloud capability curve depends on your people, your technology, and your ...

Read more
  • Cloud Computing